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God's Own Country

(2008)
(Out Backward)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)

"Ross Raisin’s story of how a disturbed but basically well-intentioned rural youngster turns into a malevolent sociopath is both chilling in its effect and convincing in its execution."
J M Coetzee


'Ramblers. Daft sods in pink and green hats. It wasn't even cold. They moved down the field swing-swaying like a line of drunks, addled with the air and the land, and the smell of manure.' This is the voice of our narrator, Sam Marsdyke, the teenage son of a farmer up on the Yorkshire Moors. He spends his days working the sheep, mending fences, trying to dodge the eye of his brutal, silent father, and most of all, watching the transformation of the farms and villages around him. From the top of the moors he watches the goofy ramblers and the earnest 'towns', the families from York, who are feverishly buying up the farmhouses left empty by bankrupt farmers.And as he watches, one young daughter of a new family catches his eye. As he falls for the young, sophisticated girl from London, she begins to see him as a means to escape. She wants to rebel against her parents and he wants to fulfil the fantasy he harbours about her and so they run away together. But this journey across the moors will take a terrifying menacing turn which, for him, will prove his terrible undoing.

Sam Marsdyke is an unforgettable character at the heart of this extraordinary novel, a novel that is hugely funny, darkly menacing and will resonate long after you have finished the last page.

 
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Used availability for Ross Raisin's God's Own Country


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: Out Backward
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 1-55468-022-0 / 978-1-55468-022-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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March 2008 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: God's Own Country
Author(s): Ross RAISIN
ISBN: 0-670-91734-6 / 978-0-670-91734-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking,
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: God's Own Country
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 0-14-103352-5 / 978-0-14-103352-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Out Backward
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 0-06-144875-3 / 978-0-06-144875-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: God's Own Country, Large Print
Author(s): Ross Raisin
ISBN: 1-4074-3865-4 / 978-1-4074-3865-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: n/a
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

December 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: God's Own Country
Author(s): Ross Raisin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

December 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: God's Own Country
Author(s): Ross Raisin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Out Backward
Author(s): Ross Raisin
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   

February 2009 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: God's Own Country
Author(s): Ross Raisin
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   


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